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Guardian angel of the rainforest?

18 years ago

While on vacation to the Gold Coast in 1996, a tour guide took my family into the rainforest and showed us a very unassuming plant that I can only remember him calling "the guardian angel of the rainforest." It was a knee-high plant with only a few large leaves. However, he said that it was so poisonous that anyone who so much as brushed it went through 48 hours of such intense itching and agony that some people committed suicide before getting well. Was he just pulling our legs, or does this plant really exist and what is it called? I'd like to write a brief report on it for a course I'm taking. Thanks in advance!

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